About

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John double bass-38

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“…a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone” – Sam Leak

“…reliable, consummate and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary” – Kevin C. McDonald, Drummer, U.S. Navy Band Commodores

“…his voice is singular on his instrument [electric bass]” – Brad Linde, co-founder/director, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Washington DC

In Leeds, Washington DC and now London, John’s musicality, sight-reading and distinctive sound have led to a diverse portfolio including jazz, funk, big bands, pit orchestras, pop, and avant-garde. First an electric-bass specialist, he now embraces the double bass as well, earning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music (RAM).

Highlights in London include Trevor Mires/Nathaniel Cross (with Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson and Rod Youngs), the Morgan Brothers Big Band, a number of musicals, and jazz alongside musicians such as Hannes Riepler, Gene Calderazzo, Tom GreenNat Steele, Liam DunachieMatt AndersonRiley Stone-Lonergan, Alex Hitchcock, Will Arnold-Forster and many more.

In Washington DC John was house bassist for the prestigious Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra led by Joe Herrera and Brad Linde, enjoying rep concerts under Miho Hazama and Nathan Parker Smith. He recorded twice for Linde’s avant-garde/Americana project Team Players with Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens, and played regularly alongside David McDonald (Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Marty Nau, Anthony Pirog, among others. In Leeds, he was bassist and MD for the Leeds University Union Big Band, including performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and on ITV, and performed regularly with stalwarts of the Northern England scene such as Steve HanleyMartin Longhawn and Ben Lowman.

John arranges for large and small ensembles, has worked for Sibelius, and plays the accordion. He is an endorsing artist for Nordstrand Audio‘s electric basses, uses Aguilar and Genzler amps and cabs, and is kindly supported by a postgraduate award from Help Musicians. He uses and endorses Hyperoptic broadband in his explorations of online real-time audio. John is often asked to assemble bands for functions or parties in London and further afield — click here for more information.

Photo credits: Julia Hawkins and Owen Bilcliffe